City welcomes new mayor, council members

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Hohenwald’s newest mayor and city council were sworn in Tuesday following a special-called meeting of the City Council. Vice-Mayor Dr. Dustin Flowers presided in the absence of Mayor Don Jones.

Following a short agenda of business in which the council unanimously accepted the official tabulation and certification of election results, the meeting adjourned.

Judge Bill Townsend approached the Council stand where he swore in newly elected City of Hohenwald mayor, Johnny Clayton. His wife, Kim, their son, and his mother, Barbara Clayton, were among many in attendance for the event held at City Hall.

Mayor Clayton received 584 votes in the May 5, 2011 election.

Former Councilman Don Barber exited the Councilroom to a standing ovation for his 12 years of service to the City. He narrowly lost his seat on the Council by 22 votes.

Judge Townsend swore in Councilmen Dr. Dustin Flowers, Bill Lawson, Mike Hinson and Ray Runions. Following the swearing in, the Council convened with Mayor Clayton presiding.

Councilman Hinson nominated Dr. Flowers to the position of vice-mayor due to the number of votes Flowers received, 708. the highest of all the members. A second by Councilman Lawson and a unanimous roll call vote completed the appointment.

Mayor Clayton accepted the position as City Administrator and Mark Graves was re-appointed as City Recorder.

A resolution to affirm compliance with Federal Title VI regulations was uanimously approved by roll call vote.

An updated Five Year Strategic Economic Development Plan was accepted with three affirmative votes and Councilman Runions abstaining.

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